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By Zahra Al-Kateb | January 3 2007
Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection
Dubbed ‘La Grand Dame’ and looking more like a palace than a hotel, Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam is the choice of many international celebrities and visiting royalty, and it’s not hard to see why.
Opened in 1867, the canal-side hotel boasts crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs, and antique furniture that complement its beautiful façade. The lobby features a grand double staircase and classic décor, and elite travelers will be particularly impressed by the superlative 24/7 service. The health and fitness club is the perfect antidote to a hard day’s sightseeing, where guests can enjoy the indoor poor and enjoy a selection of therapies. La Rive, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, is renowned for its excellent French cuisine, while afternoon tea in the Amstel Lounge is a must. Located near to many of Amsterdam’s top attractions, including the Hermitage Museum and Rijksmuseum, the Intercontinental Amstel is the perfect venue for the elite traveler who appreciates luxury, great service and an unbeatable location.
Why we love it: The Royal Suite more than lives up to its name. This spacious suite is more like an apartment and comes equipped with a lounge, dining room, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom, as well as an entrance hall. The décor is Classical French and radiates luxury at every turn; the marble bathroom alone features gold-plated bath fixtures and luxury L’Occitane amenities. The dining room sits up to eight, while the lounge is replete with elegant antiques and state-of-the-art technology. This fully air-conditioned room boasts sumptuous river views and a private bar; a complete statement in luxury.
Mr. Nils Axing, General Manager
+31 20 622 6060
Professor Tulpplein 1, 1018
The Japanese-themed Hotel Okura boasts one of the most enviable locations in Amsterdam.
Situated on picturesque Amstel Canal in the heart of the city, the hotel is close to Schiphol International Airport, the RAI Convention Center and many of Amsterdam’s best attractions, making it the perfect choice for both business and leisure guests. Hotel Okura boasts two of the city’s finest restaurants: Ciel Bleu, a two Michelin-starred French restaurant and Yamazota, the city’s premier Japanese eatery, which is the proud possessor of one Michelin star. Twenty Third Bar, high above Amsterdam on the hotel’s twenty-third floor, is one of the coolest hangouts in the city and mixes excellent cocktails with a fantastic view over the city. Hotel Okura even has a special Jet Lag Program to help long-haul elite travelers recover from their journey. Guests can enjoy the Executive Lounge and the Executive Health Club with swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gym.
Why we love it: Easily one of the largest hotel suites in Western Europe, let alone Amsterdam, The Suite opened in 2006 after a €2.3 million refit. Stretching over two floors and occupying the space of 18 hotel rooms, the suite is a haven of luxury. Designed by the London firm RPW, The Suite offers a panoramic view over Amsterdam, and is packed full of modern amenities and state-of-the-art Bose technology. The large dining room is perfect for entertaining as the hotel’s top Michelin star rated chefs are on hand to provide a fantastic dinner. There are two lavish sitting rooms as well as a 14-seat cinema room, which can also be used for exclusive presentations.
The bedrooms and bathrooms both feature flat-screen TVs and walk-in closets, with one bathroom featuring a shell-shaped shower cabinet with illuminated rain dance showerhead and overflowing bath system. In one of the bedrooms guests will find a Technogym fitness system. Simply put, The Suite is an oasis of luxury, perfectly suited to the elite traveler.
Marcel van Aelst, General Manager
+31 20 678 7111
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072
Gracious, lavish and refined, the De L’Europe is the perfect hotel for the elite traveler seeking a quiet, luxury break in this delightful Dutch city.
The hotel has gorgeous eye-level views over the Amstel Canal and features a beautiful 19th century fairytale façade. The interior is dignified and sophisticated, with timeless design elements and modern twists, thanks to recent renovations that include motion sensor lighting and heated floors. The hotel boasts several top-class dining establishments, a smart bar and a fitness center that includes a spectacular indoor pool. Ideally located close to many of Amsterdam’s top attractions the De L’Europe is modern, luxury hotel that will appeal to the elite guest who likes to travel in style.
Why we love it: The renovation of De L’Europe included a complete revamp of its luxurious Signature Suites. Recently completed, the spacious Penthouse Suite at the De L’Europe is one of the finest in the city. Occupying two floors, the suite boasts a private terrace with a fantastic view over the Amstel River; one of the finest views in Amsterdam. The Penthouse Suite boasts a total of six bedrooms, making it the only suite in the Dutch capital to offer such unashamed luxury. Stylish decorated and elegantly furnished, the Penthouse Suite is an oasis of opulence.
Maaike Kort, Guest Relations
+31 20 531 1605
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14, 1012
Stylish and intimate, The Dylan is one of the finest hotels in Amsterdam.
Originally a theater, then an orphanage, The Dylan is centrally located in a row of 17th century Zeizersgracht canal houses; its interior a subtle mix of historic and contemporary resulting in a sophisticated modern hotel. Each of the rooms and suites has a distinctive Asian style, which has proved popular with the rich and famous, including singer Mariah Carey. The hotel’s superb location provides easy access to some of Amsterdam’s finest attractions, as well as offering beautiful views across the canal. Guests will no doubt enjoy the highly regarded on-site Vinkeles restaurant, considered one of among the city Amsterdam’s top five dining establishments.
Why we love it: Available in ‘Zen sation White’ style, the Luxury Suite Canal View is a bright, light-filled suite that oozes style and luxury. The white walls, white king-size bed and white sofa complement the fine views on offer from the suite’s comfortable lounge area; the Keizersgracht, one of the most beautiful canals in the city, stretches invitingly away from you. The Canal View Suite also has a separate bathroom and bedroom, and can be extended to include the adjoining suite for elite travelers wishing to host friends or family.
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam has a history that few other hotels can compete with.
Originally a 15th century convent, the building became the headquarters of the Amsterdam Admiralty during the 17th century, before its transformation into the city’s Town Hall. Today, this luxurious and elegant hotel features 177 rooms and 52 suites. One of the finest hotels in the city Sofitel Legend The Grand is frequented by a plethora of celebrities and dignitaries, including Mick Jagger and Jacques Chirac. The hotel’s restaurant, Bridges, is highly regarded among food critics and the spa, So SPA & So FIT is a world-class facility with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gym, Hammam and sauna. Centrally located, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam is the perfect hotel for couples looking for a romantic getaway in one of Europe’s most charming cities.
Why we love it: They say that all good things come in threes, a phrase fully applicable to the suites at the Grand Amsterdam. The trio of Imperial Suites on offer to elite travelers are the Willem Van Oranje Suite, the Maria De Medici Suite and the Willem V Suite. Each suite is elegantly furnished, and with a large dining area and butler service, they are perfect for entertaining. There’s also a spacious living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet, while the master bathroom includes a steam room and a powerful rain shower. With so much luxury on display, your only problem will be deciding which of the Imperial Suites to choose.
Robert-Jan Woltering, General Manager
+31 20 555 3111
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, 1012
Situated in the enormous Amsterdam Shipping House, the former base of the city’s maritime activity, the five-star luxury Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam is an impressive sight.
Opened in 2007 after a multi-million dollar renovation, the hotel’s rooms and suites feature stunning Art Nouveau décor, all with high ceilings and generous windows. One of the more beautiful hotels in the city, the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam has retained its architectural past, from the splendid stained glass windows to the luxurious marble floors. The hotel features a nautically themed restaurant, the Seven Seas, a Spa and Wellness Center and a relaxing bar / lounge – the ideal place to meet with friends or relax after a hard day’s sightseeing.
Why we love it: Occupying three separate floors and continuing the hotel’s Art Nouveau theme, the Tower Suite at Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam is a truly luxurious experience. The living room on the ground floor is spacious and features a fireplace and plasma TV, while the second floor dining room is perfect for entertaining. There’s also an office room on the second floor for elite travelers conducting business in the city. The beautiful bathroom on the suite’s top floor offers wonderful views over Amsterdam as well as Lanvin amenities, and elegant slippers and bathrobes.
Ms. Maud Vroom, Director of Sales
+31 20 552 0000
Prins Hendrikkade 108, 1011